Performance with balloons

Mime Explains String Theory!

The mime starts before birth, ends after death, and toddles unsteadily through the thirteen stages of woman. She is born, she crawls, walks, runs, leaps, and revels in the joys of living in a body. Adolescence hits her with a feather boa and heels. She falls in love, becomes a mother, and raises a child. She suffers loss, accidentally discovers the meaning of life, and struggles to communicate it.

It’s a talking mime show. It’s a serious comedy with quirky humor, uplifting surprises,  puppetry, metaphysics, and metaphor. It looks at the arc and cycle of life in a way that is especially meaningful for older audiences. It leaves audiences with that rising feeling.

In a post-show residency, Sheila leads a story-telling circle about epiphanies (“Aha!” moments), followed by writing session, and culminating in an open mic about epiphanies for the community.

What people have said about it:

“I laughed till I cried!”

“It was brilliant!”

“I loved the story.”

“It was deep. I could see the web that connects us all.”

“It was a touching, amazing and moving performance.” 

“The things we cannot see become visible.”

“Beautifully done–downright poetic.”

Check out the condensed Mime Explains String Theory:

(Video by Steve Clarke)

And an excerpt–Middle Age:

 (Video by Bailey Barash)

The Scientific Mime, or, What’s Up With Gravity?

For 3rd-5th grades, The Scientific Mime uses mime, audience interaction, and comedy to ask and answer: “What’s up with gravity (and other invisible forces)?” Science is full of abstract words and invisible forces that are hard for young people to grasp. But once you’ve seen a mime struggling against gravity, pushes, pulls, inertia, and other forces, they become real. Audience interaction, and belly laughs, included. Curricular connections: English, Theatre, PE, and Science:

NC Science Standards taught: 2.P.1 Understand the relationship between sound and vibrating objects. 3.P.1 Understand motion and factors that affect motion. 4.P.1 Understand how various forces affect the motion of an object. 5.P.1 Understand force, motion, and the relationship between them.

To arrange for a performance, email or call:

kerrigan at mindspring dot com, (919) 360-0690

Roving Mime and Special Appearances

Hillsborough Handmade Puppet Parade

Sheila is the clown or mime who adds sparkle and fun to your special event, parade, or festival by drawing people into her world and engaging them in silliness. She will teach people how to juggle at the drop of a hat!




Mime Who Talks performing at Burlington’s Spooktacular Festival:

(Video & photos by  Steve Clarke)

The Roving Mime

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